All About Antioxidants



An antioxidant is a molecule that protects the cells of the body from harm. Many fresh fruits and veggies have antioxidants. These molecules are also found in:

• Nuts
• Beans
• Some spices
• Chocolate
• Tea

There are many antioxidant families. A few are:

• Vitamins like A, C, and E
• Flavonoids
• Isoflavones
• Carotenoids
• Lycopene
• Tannins

Research shows that a plant-based diet is a healthy way to eat. This is a diet of mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Eating mostly these foods can help protect against:

• Obesity
• Diabetes
• Cardiovascular disease
• Cancer

Next time you are choosing a meal or snack, think about antioxidants. Include some fresh fruits or veggies with every meal.